Verstappen eyes multiple F1 titles regardless of team


Whether it is with Toro Rosso, Mercedes or Ferrari, Dutch teenage sensation Max Verstappen is just determined to become a multiple Formula One champion.

Verstappen, 18, burst onto the scene in 2015, earning two top-four finishes in his Toro Rosso car as he was crowned Rookie of the Year.

Mercedes and Ferrari have taken notice of Verstappen's exploits and are reportedly interested in luring the record-breaking teen to their respective garages, despite his long-term Red Bull contract, after the Belgian-born star became the youngest F1 driver when he debuted at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix aged 17 years and 166 days.

And speaking to Sky Sports, Verstappen hinted at a possible move away from Red Bull in the future.

"My ultimate dream is just to become world champion. And not only once," said Verstappen, who is under contract until 2018.

"So that's my dream and it doesn't matter with which team it is.

"It's good to do another year here and to learn a lot again because you never stop learning.

"I still have a long way ahead and am still very young, so I don't mind to stay here another year."

Following an early retirement in Melbourne a year ago, Verstappen went on to finish fourth in Hungary and the United States, while he was also seventh in Malaysia as he tallied 49 points to outdo team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr (18) in the drivers' standings.

Of his first season in F1, Verstappen added: "I enjoyed it a lot. Some good overtaking, which is what I like. Some good points scores and two fourth positions, which are the highlight.

"[The season was] better than expected, that's for sure."